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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Jan 16, 2011 9:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

I was thinking about Micah's other question: is there a theme to the lyrics? It seems to me to be about a hard luck case, whose plans keep failing, yet he hasn't given up. He will keep moving onto other things until he makes it... "I'm Gone, goodbye... I'm on my way... etc." He rejects rigged games/sytems (cue aint straight in line), and tries to live by his own rules. The line "They say that when your ship comes in" is telling, because it means the speaker's ship hasn't yet come in, he's just imagining what it would be like... which causes Hunter to spin off into some seafaring jargon.

That's my take, anyway... :D

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jan 16, 2011 4:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

Well I've always had another take on this song. The singer is a kind of carefree soul, a rambler, yes, a gambler, but without roots. He has memories of good times down south, but lets go of all the bad (seal that silver mine) and moves on, looking for better times. In some ways, this is as upbeat as Hunter ever gets, with the exception of Sugar Magnolia. This is a happy song.

Also one of my favorites now learning to play guitar.

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Poster: Reade Date: Jan 16, 2011 10:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

Yes the line means his ship hasn't come in yet but far more to me it's saying that when it does it's not YOUR ship for very long, as others flood in to assume various roles and duties.
I believe the singer is saying we're conditioned to want the thing to come in but really, when you think abot it, so what if it does?
There's nothing you can hold for very long.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Jan 16, 2011 10:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

Nice! I see your point...

There's a good '73 Half-Step on Dick's Picks #1...